Can’t believe I did this!
I sometimes wonder why I get a ‘city headache’ after only a few hours in London. Well, here’s the reason why. I can’t stand back from the idea that a day in the capital has to be fully justified……meaning that every minute should be filled with something worthwhile or interesting, which can mean eating picnic food on the run from one venue to the next. I’m not recommending this to anyone else…..unless, of course, you are quite happy to end the day exhausted (but happy).
11-12.30 Picasso exhibition at Tate Britain.
1-1.20 River Bus to Tate Modern (for lunch)
2.30 Globe Theatre: Henry IV part I in Spanish (Mexican Theatre group): standing as a groundling in the Yard
5.30 St Paul’s Cathedral “Sons of the Clergy” Festival, featuring three Cathedral choirs, along with the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Mayor of London (no, not Boris Johnson!).
7.30 Back to the Globe for Henry IV part II in Spanish (Argentinian Theatre group): again standing as a groundling in the Yard.
The Globe to Globe season features all 37 plays by Shakespeare, performed by different groups from around the world in their own languages. There are three in Spanish (we will see the Castilian version of Henry VIII in a couple of weeks time), but other languages include: Maori, Swahili, Arabic, Korean, Belarusian, Gujarati, Urdu, Yoruba, Hindi and even British Sign Language. And to encourage everyone to attend, surtitles giving a basic résumé of each scene help those with no knowledge of the language. To hear Shakespeare’s verse and dialogue in other world languages is a unique experience.